One killed as Indian security forces open fire to disperse crowd in Manipur

Remote north-eastern state has been racked by ethnic violence since May

Members of the Meitei community during a protest in Bishnupur district of Manipur state this week. Reuters
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Security forces lobbed tear gas and opened fired to disperse a crowd of about 500 people in India's troubled north-eastern state of Manipur on Friday, killing one person and wounding 20 more, police officials said.

Manipur has been racked by ethnic violence since May, and security forces were trying to stop the crowd of people from the majority Meitei ethnic group from entering a village of the minority Kuki community, a police representative said.

Another police official said a few paramilitary troops were injured in the clash, which occurred a day before the start of the Group of 20 summit that India is hosting in the capital New Delhi, about 2,500km away.

Groups of gunmen also exchanged fire with security forces in other areas of the state, the police officials said, but it was not clear if this incident was linked to the ethnic violence.

At least 180 people have been killed and thousands more displaced since the Meitei and Kuki communities started fighting over the sharing of economic benefits and quotas.

Updated: September 08, 2023, 1:03 PM